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2015 "Young Aviators" Education Classes
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Education is the number one priority of the Combat Air Museum and part of its original charter. Through our guided tours, bi-monthly luncheon/lecture series, social events, "Young Aviators" curriculum and vast array of exhibits and dioramas in the museum, visitors of all ages can be inspired and educated in aviation history, technology, art and the 'Cost of Freedom'.

Have your youngsters come and join the fun (and learning) at the Combat Air Museum. We will again be hosting the "Young Aviators" Classes for youth ages eight through twelve (8-12) in 2014, on the dates as shown below.

Classes are held during school vacation time, Mondays through Thursdays, from 0900-1230 hrs (9:00 am until 12:30 pm). The class fee is $50.00 per student for all four days of the course. The instruction includes invaluable 'hands-on' learning as follows:

The four-day sessions will cover subjects such as:
- The history of early aviation
- The fundamentals of flight theory
- Aircraft structures, including control systems & engines
- Weather and how to read aviation charts and maps
- Hands-on time in the Museum's new Flight Simulator
- Guided tour of the Museum
- The phonetic alphabet, used for aviation contact and control
- The opportunities to join a model building class (available as a separate session)

Side visits, during the 4 day sessions, will be made to:
- The 108th Aviation Reg. of the Kansas Army National Guard (Blackhawk helicopters)
- The 190th Refueling Wing of the Kansas Air National Guard (KC-135 Tankers)
- The MTAA Forbes Field Fire, Rescue & Security Station (Firetrucks)
- The Control Tower at Forbes Field

Enrollment in the four-day session is limited to 20 per class and the Museum will accept youth on a first-come-first-served basis. For details please call the Office Manager at the Museum (785-862-3303) between 9:30 am and 12:30 pm on weekdays.
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2015 dates for the "Young Aviators" and Merit Badge Classes

February 7
Aviation Scout Merit Badge
9:00 am - 12:30 pm for the

2015 Washburn University Merit Badge Challenge

March 16 - 19 (Spring Break Class) Cancelled
Young Aviators Education Class
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Education Conference Room

June 1 - 4 (Class Full)
Young Aviators Education Class
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Bob Dole Education Center, Combat Air Museum

July 6 - 9 (Class Full)
Young Aviators Education Class
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Bob Dole Education Center, Combat Air Museum

August 3 - 6 (Bookings Still Open)
Young Aviators Education Class
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Bob Dole Education Center, Combat Air Museum


Education Class
General Principles of Flight
Topeka Tower visit
Topeka Regional Airport Control Tower
Flying the Simulator at the Youth Class
Flying the new Simulator
Flying a Blackhawk
Trying on a Flight Suit at the 108th Aviation
Blackhawk Helicopter
Black Hawk Helicopter at the 108th
KC-135 Instrumentation Panel
The cockpit of a KC-135 at the 190th ARW
Class is in
Near the rear boom in the KC-135
Engine Workshop
Roadways in the Sky: Aviation Maps
190th Air Refueling Wing
At the 190th ARW outside the KC-135
Youth Education Class at 190th Fire Truck demonstration
Fire Truck Demo at the 190th Fire Dept


Teachers - check these links to aviation educational aids
sandismith Free Teacher Aviation Math Exercise Aids
NASA Quest: Free Teacher Aids

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